The Emergency Planning Society has welcomed news that an emergency business text scheme designed to inform businesses of what to do in an emergency is to be rolled out across the Kirklees borough.

The scheme, the Kirklees Emergency Alert Service, has been successfully piloted in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town centres before its county-wide roll. It will let businesses know via text messages about an emergency and what they can do to help keep their staff, customers and businesses safe.

Businesses across the Kirklees area are being encouraged to sign up for the Emergency Alert Service. Kirklees has been divided into nine zones with businesses able to sign up to more than one zone depending on where they are located.

In the event of a significant emergency, the Council’s Emergency Planning Team will send a text message to businesses in the affected zone or zones. The text will contain information about the emergency and the recommended actions businesses should take.

To sign-up for the service businesses need to text 07860 098105 with some key information including the business name, the zone number the business is located in, and the name of the proprietor or contact. Those who signed up for the pilot don’t need to sign up again.

Businesses can sign up to multiple zones if they need to, but a separate text message should be sent to sign up to each individual zone. The council is recommending up to four people from each business sign-up to ensure they receive the message.

Businesses can opt out of the service at any time by sending the word “Stop” to 07860 098105. The initial opt-in message will cost one standard network rate message. All messages received after opt in are free.

Further information on the zones and text service can be found here.

EPS Chair Jacqui Semple praised the scheme and said: “This is an innovative and creative service which will help keep people safe, avoid unnecessary disruption and enable a return to normal business as soon as possible. I would encourage all businesses across Kirklees to sign up.”

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